The Train is coming to Miami this Spring!
What is the Purple Line?
The Purple Line is a community-driven, collaborative, transit-oriented initiative. As a temporary installation, it will feature many of the activities and uses common to transit stations throughout the world, such as vendors stands, cafes and street performances.
The Purple Line's objective is two-fold:
1. Create a collaborative urban installation that makes an impactful statement about the need for improved transit and connectivity in Miami.
2. Transform an underpass space into an urban place complete with scheduled events, vendors and gathering space.
Who is organizing the Purple Line?
There are many people and organizations involved in making this happen. We are all working collaboratively with new volunteers joining in everyday.
When is the Purple Line launching?
This is a 2-day event occurring on March 8th and 9th, 2013.
Where is this taking place?
The Purple Line station will “pop-up” at a currently underutilized underpass along a rail corridor near one of the busiest stretches of Biscayne Boulevard, right under the overpass at NE 2nd Ave and 36th Street.
Why is the Purple Line important?
The main motivation behind Purple Line, in addition to bringing attention to Miami's need for better public transportation, is to build social capital. By planning and building this project together, collaborators are making new connections and network within their communities.
How will your contribution help us?
Your contributions will help organizers rent the necessary space, acquire any required permits and assist with providing the project with the necessary supplies (building materials, paint, canvas, lights, etc) and services (electricity, transportation) to bring the transit station to reality.
If you want to learn more about the Purple Line see the detailed overview of the project below.
You can also keep in touch via our website: www.purplelinemiami.com
On June 16, 2012 a group of community members, business owners, students, and other volunteers put together South Florida’s first Build a Better Block installation. These demonstration projects, started in 2010 in Oak Cliff, Texas have become an effective tool in engaging and directly involving residents in the redevelopment of their communities. The organizers of the Purple Line were heavily involved in the process of planning and creating Better Block Fort Lauderdale, in fact the very inspiration for the Purple Line project came from our involvement in Fort Lauderdale’s demonstration event.
The Purple Line represents an evolution of the Better Block initiative. This project takes the central concept of Better Block - an urban revitalization effort driven by the community and based on broad collaboration - and applies it to an urban issue that is specifically significant to Miami, such as transit.
Drawing Up a Purple Line
The first consideration in planning for this installation was location. The Purple Line project will happen just off of the Biscayne Corridor near Midtown Miami and the Design District. The temporary train station will be installed in two parking lots located under the I-195 underpass located on NE 2nd Ave and 36th Street. One of these parking lots is directly adjacent to the FEC railway line, which is the train corridor currently being developed for All Aboard Florida’s Miami to Orlando train service. This lot will become the project’s conceptual station.
By incorporating the use of props (such as theater sets) and lighting to the structure already afforded to us by the overpass, the temporary installation will be completed within a few hours. Cargo containers will be rented in order to create additional “structure”. The second parking lot, directly across NE 2nd Ave will be the station’s plaza and will contain pop up stations from local vendors, such as a bakery, a news stand, a bike rental kiosk and more. These activities will serve to demonstrate the activity that could be stimulated by the presence of an active transit station.
Both lots will have “galleries” of information that highlight transit maps from other cities and information on how developing public transit will be advantageous for Miami’s growth and health. Information and inspiration on how community members can become engaged in the ongoing process of transit development will be shared here. These galleries will also exhibit artwork from local high school students. Student and professional musicians and other artists will assist with providing street performances, as what is typically found in transit stations and other public places around the world. The train’s arrival will be simulated by sounds and lights, with overhead announcements signaling arrivals and departures and train whistles adding to the experience.
The installation will be entirely temporary, with the exception of improvements we will make to the existing bus stops that are under the overpasses. The current condition of these bus stops sends a negative message regarding transit. Our improvements will be aimed at “beautifying” the stops, including cleaning, painting and treating the existing dirt-filled spaces with more appropriate materials.
Risks and challenges
One of the major setbacks that we could experience after funding is that particular items we need to set up the installation are unavailable at the time we need them. We will get around this by keeping our plans flexible and including various individuals in the process. By doing this, we will be able to use other's creativity and experience to find a solution and resolve the issue.
We are dependent on committed community members in order to successfully complete the installation. If key individuals or several volunteers became unavailable, we would need additional support. In order to address this potential problem, we are creating a broad network of collaborators who could in turn reach out to their networks for additional support. Keeping our process open and inclusive gives us the flexibility to incorporate new ideas and problem-solving strategies quickly and effectively.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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